Jennifer Hudson exercises with students

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Award-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson stretched her arms and legs Tuesday with dozens of students at a Southwest Side school to help promote physical fitness.

Award-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson stretched her arms and legs Tuesday with dozens of students at a Southwest Side school to help promote physical fitness.

Promoting the third annual Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge, Hudson –– a national ambassador of Weight Watchers –– encouraged the students at Namaste Charter School to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise.

Allison Slade, the school’s principal and co-founder, said Namaste implements various programs each day to ensure the students are learning how to live healthier lives in order to tackle the problem of childhood obesity. The students learn healthy eating habits along with the importance of physical activity. In addition to recess every day, there is also a 60-minute physical education class.

Namaste –– with a student body of 400 in kindergarten through 7th grade –– was founded in 2004.

“It takes everybody to help us build that healthier generation,” said Slade.

Sharing what they have learned, the students showed Hudson exercise routines they practice everyday.

“Keep up the good work,” Hudson told the students after the exercise routine.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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